Festival de Peralada, Spain
The Festival Internacional de Música de Peralada is held in Peralada, a medieval site of great historic interest, with a beautiful castle and Renaissance palace, in the gardens of which the Festival is held during July and August.
Musical entertainments have taken place within the historic site of Peralada Castle since 1983,
organised by the Castell de Peralada Casino and making the most of the pleasant summer
The increasing success of these productions encouraged Mrs. Carmen Mateu de Suqué to
create the Associació Cultural Castell de Peralada, in order to turn the musical entertainments
into a classical music Festival, once it was decided that Casinos de Catalunya would sponsor
these events. Thus the Festival Castell de Peralada was born during her presidency. Her
Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain accepted the Honorary Chair of the Festival from the outset,
and has attended several concerts over the years. The deputy Chair was also taken, from the
beginning, by the Right Honourable Mr. Jordi Pujol. The Festival was first held in 1987 and
since 1992 is a member of the European Festival Association, together with such important
names as Bayreuth, Berlin, Florence and Salzburg. From this year, it is also member of Opera
Europa, FestClásica and Ópera XXI.
The Festival has taken place annually since then. It has two musical venues: the gardens, protected by a superb excellent acoustic soundbox, known as Castle Gardens Auditorium and, lastly the XIV century Carmen’s Church, used principally for recitals, thanks to its excellent acoustics.
The Festival attaches importance to recitals by major voices, chora-symphonic concerts,
operas, often specially staged productions, mixed discipline music, theatre and dance shows
and to supporting Spanish composers and performers. It also hosts internationally prestigious
soloists and ballet companies.
The Festival has achieved rapid recognition because of the quality of the music in its programme and the participation of major artists, which have brought about unusual musical happenings.
Such is the case of the première of the opera Babel 46 by our excellent composer Xavier
Montsalvatge and the recovery of Isaac Albéniz’s work Pepita Jiménez.